Newell Normand: The Sheriff and the Chief

Newell Normand
December 22, 2017 - 6:38 am

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison stopped by the studio to chat. Check out some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES:

  • The NOPD recently had a round-up, picking up dozens of offenders, including some murderers. It's always good to hear about taking the impact criminals off the street, the ones who really have a significant impact on our community and our safety. And we know many of them will repeat.
  • We had the New Orleans Bowl last weekend. We have the Dirty Birds in town this weekend, and that's really going to start off the celebratory season. It's really kind of enhanced this year, too, with the Saints in the playoff hunt; and emotions can run high.
  • And after that, we have the Sugar Bowl, which is one of the playoff games for college football. It's a great economic benefit for the city, but it does bring in an enormous presence.
  • Recruitment and retention of personnel are two of the biggest challenges. Numbers are down across the country, and it's not limited to just the police. Across the board, first responders like the fire department, EMTs, and the police are all struggling with those two issues.
  • Recruitment in particular can be difficult. What many people don't realize is that to get a net increase of, say, 40 officers, you have to screen hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of applicants to get those officers. You wish that number was lower, but it's not.
  • For 2017, crime was down in a number of the reported categories; and that is excellent news. Community relationships are growing. Response time is a big issue. There still is a lot of concern in that area.
  • The fact of the matter is that you have to be prepared for whatever the circumstances present, whatever the threat is, whatever the challenge is. The lone-wolf terrorist is unfortunately a more common type now. You don't know who the person with evil intent is out there.

Plus, you can hear Chief Harrison explain why the Superintendent of the NOPD will usually wear the badge upside down (it goes back all the way to the 19th century).

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